45 Cheap Date Ideas for College Students

45 Cheap Date Ideas for College Students

Because Netflix and food can become boring.

Dating in college is fun and unique. No curfews. No one telling you what to do or where to be. No bills to pay. No children to take care of. No full-time jobs. Ultimate freedom. The whole world is available to explore. Yet, most couples choose Netflix/movies and food for dates. Out of all the possibilities you chose staring at a screen for hours? When you could be out exploring new places, having fun, challenging yourself, making memories. Granted money can be an issue when dating in college because, let's face it, we are all broke.

However, being broke does not limit the fun you can have while dating in college. It just makes you more creative. Therefore, I compiled a list of dates that are inexpensive and fun.

  1. Challenge each other to a game or teach each other a new sport in the campus gym.
  2. Cheer on your sports team.
  3. Workout together.
  4. Prank mutual friends.
  5. Take a hike.
  6. Make a scavenger hunt with places around campus.
  7. Play games in the game room.
  8. Create your own versions of various games. Normal billiards and ping pong become boring after awhile.
  9. Climb a tree.
  10. Go kayaking or canoeing. Ernies Livery in Masslion or Stark Parks are my favorite places.
  11. Find a local river or lake and go swimming.
  12. Join a campus group together.
  13. Go on a bike ride. At Stark County Libraries you can rent bikes for free! Check it out here!
  14. Have a picnic.
  15. Go on a drive around town and see where you end up.
  16. Gather a group and go to laser quest.
  17. Go to a park at night and play on the playground equipment.
  18. Go bowling.
  19. Go roller skating.
  20. Do an art/ craft project.
  21. Go hear a speaker on campus.
  22. Go to a performance (dance, theatre, music) on campus.
  23. Go apple/ fruit picking.
  24. Watch the sunset or sunrise.
  25. Lay out a blanket and stargaze.
  26. Go to Costco/ SAMs Club/ Trader Joes and eat all their samples.
  27. Go thrift shopping and see who can find the best and worst outfit.
  28. Go to a pottery place and make or paint pottery.
  29. Throw a frisbee or baseball on campus or at a park.
  30. Get coffee at a local coffee shop. Muggswigs and 4 Kids Coffee beat Starbucks any day.
  31. Walk around and explore town.
  32. Cook a meal.
  33. Have blind taste tests of different foods and drinks.
  34. Play bigger better (trade up) either solo or with a team. Bigger better is a game where you start with an insignificant item like a dime and go to a house/dorm and if they would be willing to trade items. Your goal is to get something bigger and better than what you started off with. Then you go to the next house/dorm and this continues for a designated amount of time. Whoever has the biggest best item at the end wins.
  35. Karaoke!
  36. Volunteer together.
  37. Dress up and have a photo shoot.
  38. Check out www.thefirstrendezvous.com — it's a business a friend of mine started to help guys on their first dates. It seems pretty cool
  39. Groups on campus have different off-campus events, so join them! My boyfriend and I went snow tubing with the international club for cheaper than had we planned to go on our own. Plus, everything is already planned.
  40. Simply talk to each other all night.
  41. Mini-golf
  42. Vlog! Either your life or your friends.
  43. Group/Double dates.
  44. Attempt to break dumb world records.
  45. Netflix. I know this list is about what to do instead of Netflix, but sometimes, after a long day of doing other things you just want to relax and enjoy each other's presence.

Dating in college in easy because you are in such close proximity to each other with limited distractions (other than school of course.)

Spending time with your significant other should be fun, exciting, and inexpensive.

I hope this helped! Have any more ideas? Please comment them below.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Leave Your Ex Alone

They don't want to bother with you, so stop bothering them.


It's okay to be friends with your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, but you can never be friends immediately after the break-up or else the friendship will fail. To be someone's friend you must be able to support them and love them. Relationships almost never end on good terms, so how can you be truly supportive to the person that broke you? You can't.

You both need time to heal and love yourselves again without the emotional support that you both have been leaning on for so long."You can't fix yourself while holding on to the person that broke you." -r.h.sin. Remember that.

Also, please for the sake of all your friends, followers, and your self-dignity, keep your relationship off social media. I'm not saying don't post want you to want to post, but when your profile has turned into a hate blog for your ex, I think it's time quit. Not only does constantly posting negative things about your ex make you look bad, but it also makes the healing process go even slower and possibly ruin the chances of friendship again.

And if you truly believe that sending a text that is close to the length of 400 words to your ex explaining once again that you are completely over them will make them change their minds then go off, but know it most likely won't work. Then didn't care the first time, they won't care the seventh time.

So basically, be respectful and be kind to your ex. No matter how messed upshot they did was and no matter how badly that hurt you, realize that treating them terrible back solves nothing and only reflects badly on you. You can't change how people treat you, but you can choose how to react.

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